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Lloyd Blankfein is channeling his inner Marcus to find a retail groove for Goldman Sachs.

As Goldman Sachs' badly kept secret about branding an advice robot leaks out, Goldman-watchers see contours of Lloyd Blankfein's grand if 'scattergun' virtual advice strategy take shape

The NYC investment bank's CEO may be saving the Goldman brand for last after smart beta ETFs, Honest Dollar, Motif and 'Marcus by Goldman Sachs' are up and running

March 30, 2017 – 7:20 PM

Bill McNabb: A short deadline increases the risk that the DOL will not publish the necessary future delays before the rule becomes effective, requiring uncertain and unclear retroactive action by the DOL.

How the DOL rule postponement is a blessing for RIAs that 'took their foot off the gas' -- and why Vanguard sees such delays as a creeping menace

The Feb. 3 Trump executive order offered grounds for the pause but Bill McNabb warns this delay may beget a never-ending death spiral of delays and 'troubling' uncertainty

March 29, 2017 – 11:06 PM

Joe Duran: This is the most single important thing I have done in my career.

Framing it as a wildly disruptive 3,300-basis-point fee on de novo revenues, Joe Duran's United Capital digital reboot is apparently raking in RIA assets and revenues

The charismatic CEO's launch of FinLife Partners -- with unabashed Fidelity support -- is in effect selling revenues to advisors but taking a risk on their success

March 28, 2017 – 7:40 PM

CEO, chief compliance officer and chief investment officer Louis Navellier and his firm got a Wells notice Jan. 17.

Navellier is latest to catch F-Squared affliction as SEC broadens parameters of wrongdoing

The Reno, Nev.-based $1B advisory firm and its CEO are No. 17 on the Commission's hit parade and may not be the last, experts say

March 27, 2017 – 8:11 PM

Tom Kazmierczak: They cost [the investor] about the same as target date funds but circumstances may change and with ActivePlus you can update.

The genius of how T. Rowe Price's new robo extends its $165-billion automated advice franchise -- namely as a maker of target date funds

The Baltimore-based fund giant's robo is plain vanilla when viewed in a vacuum but disruptive in the flush target date fund market

March 24, 2017 – 8:39 PM

Abby Salameh: None of these skills have anything directly to do with managing money or the financial designations hanging on your door.

'Approachability' continues to be the one-word descriptor of what separates good RIAs from the ones who struggle

Money is a prickly topic so channeling your inner porcupine, leaving people hanging by the receptionists desk and delivering monologues about smart-beta is dumb

March 23, 2017 – 7:45 PM

Kunal Kapoor: Research and ratings of active funds is likely to continue to play a role in fund selection in the future.

How and why Morningstar sliced 16 bps for RIAs by dumping third-party mutual funds and stamping its Switzerland brand on its own mutual funds

Morningstar offers a Bogle-like rationale damning third-party mutual fund wrappers as an extravagance in $7 billion Managed Portfolios product

March 22, 2017 – 8:15 PM

Mike Papedis: I am not interested in working for another firm as employee.

HighTower parts ways with -- and doesn't replace -- the dealmaker who has 'worked on more breakaway transactions ... than anyone in the industry'

Elliot Weissbluth's gun-slinging No. 2, Mike Papedis, moves on after HighTower's assets declined, deals waned and the once-loud company took on an indoor voice

March 21, 2017 – 9:53 PM

Walt Bettinger: We think the industry practices of negotiating prices undermines trust. What we intend to do is minimize negotiation so that trust is enhanced as opposed to trust being undermined.

What happened next after a Wall Street analyst called Walter Bettinger on the carpet for capping virtual RIA's fees

The Schwab CEO cedes no ground to Rich Repetto and others who come to San Francisco to question whether shareholders are losing as investors win

March 17, 2017 – 8:06 PM

Alexandra Lebenthal: The freedom is great, the adrenaline, it’s exciting. Other times it hits you, there’s nobody else.  (Photo credit: Jewish Business News)

Alexandra Lebenthal, with help, cheats business death again but her latest white knight did not cash out the last one -- or eliminate lawyers with swords drawn

The owner of the blue-blooded New York firm retains her woman-run, woman-owned status -- with all the benefits that accrue -- but the now-shuttered wealth management division left a scar

March 16, 2017 – 6:13 PM

Mukesh Mehta and Charles Goldman are friends who have made a point of having dinner together a few times a year.

In poaching coup, Charles Goldman hires open-API wizard Mukesh Mehta to AssetMark from Cetera

The legendary chief information officer headed Schwab Institutional's efforts before shepherding in TD Ameritrade's legendary open API

March 15, 2017 – 8:09 PM

Scott MacKillop: You can see it's going to work now. There's no way I'm going to let this thing fall apart.

Scott MacKillop applies shock-and-awe pricing to SMA market to good effect after merely lower fees left RIAs flat

Using a robo out of a yoga studio, First Ascent is using a flat, capped fee to fulfill a founder's vision

March 14, 2017 – 10:47 PM

Jason Roberts: Essentially, so long as the DOL isn't enforcing, there is no reason to comply.

The takeaway from Friday's DOL rule guidance is 'significant'

The big concern for advisors pre-BICE exemptions was DOL itself, which assures now that it'll turn a blind eye in 2017 -- even to issuing disclosures

March 13, 2017 – 7:50 PM

When Dave DeVoe (l.) started DeVoe & Co., Tim Kochis was on hand to advise. Now Kochis is managing director.

After sticking his own succession landing, Tim Kochis bags 'retirement' and joins forces with DeVoe & Co. to help other RIAs do same

Tim Kochis helped David DeVoe with his business plan and may become a shareholder as soon as next year

March 13, 2017 – 6:09 PM

Jim Putnam: We have great confidence in our ability to thrive as an independent public company.

Incredulity hovers over LPL's retro -- or is it inspired? -- choice of original 1983 employee Jim Putnam as chairman

As the 14,000-rep broker-dealer gropes for a post-DOL, post-digital future, it'll rely on the old-school standard bearer to shepherd new CEO Dan Arnold

March 10, 2017 – 8:05 PM

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